We Are TOPS
TOPS seeks to provide a safe, enjoyable but disciplined atmosphere for swimmers, from ages 6-19, to reach their potential in competitive swimming.Team Philosophy
TOPS Swimming philosophy is rooted in:
TRUST- TOPS families can trust that the coaches will provide the best teaching practices in a training environment that will foster personal growth for each swimmer. The coaches trust that the TOPS swimmers, and families, will care about others and their dedication to the sport through their words and actions, on deck, and out in the community that we serve.
OPEN COMMUNICATION- The coaches strongly emphasize the need for clear and honest communication during instruction. Any dialogue will be rooted in respect and civility. The coaches expect that TOPS swimmers, and families, speak kindly to their peers and address any concerns, to the coaches, in a timely and appropriate manner.
PERSONAL RESPONSIBILITY- The coaches are responsible for creating and implementing a training program that will meet the needs of the swimmers. They understand the need for balance, which is rooted in the honest perspective this sport plays in the day-to-day life of the swimmer. The TOPS swimmers, and families, are to be responsible for partnering with the coaches and meeting the expectations of the team. Our swimmers take personal responsibility for their success by attending practice, giving their best, and supporting teammates.
SUPPORT- The coaches support the swimmers in their growth as athletes and as people. This support will be echoed through honest feedback, assessment, and attendance to issues pertinent to the swimmer. The TOPS swimmers and families are expected to lend their support, in words and actions, and are expected to be a positive presence at practice and meets.
TOPS Head Coach
Coach Bill Draves swam in high school and Buffalo State College in New York. He placed 12th in the 400 IM at the NY SUNYAC Championships. Former head coach for North Penn YMCA and Lansdale Borough. Assistant coach at Boyertown YMCA and Boyertown Borough. Started and ran two highly successful Master’s programs at NPY and Boyertown. Assistant coach at PTFY. Head coach/Pool manager for Hillside Aquatic Club. Head coach of Boyertown High School swim team. ASCA Level 3; USA Certified; 28 enjoyable years coaching boatloads of swimmers of all abilities. Married to Anita, 4 children (Shannon, Billy, Michael and Teresa), all swimmers.
Lead Girls Coach
Catherine Fink swam competitively from a young age through high school (Peddie Aquatics, Princeton Area Swim and Dive Association) and represented her high school at NJHS championships. Did not swim in college, but after college, briefly swam with a master’s swim program. Earned a B.A. and a M.A. in Special and Elementary Ed. from Cabrini College. Taught and was part of administration at a private school for ten years. Married and mother of four children; all of whom swam or are swimming. She began coaching six years ago, and for the past five summers, has assisted the head coach at Laurelwood Swim Club. USA Certified. ASCA Level 2.
Lead Boys Coach
Coach John is a, Graduate of Phoenixville High School. He swam for the YMCA of Phoenixville for nine years. He was head Coach at Maple Springs Summer Aquatic Program, and was a Competitive Coach under Kathy Cook for seven seasons at the YMCA of Pottstown. Resides in Pottstown with his 3 sons. USA Certified.
Although Kristine started diving off the “high dive” at the local pool at the age of 3, she didn’t join the diving team until she was 6. She dove for Souderton Aquatic Club and also Souderton Dolphins in the summer. Once she entered high school, she dove on the High School team and also the JO team at LaSalle University. Kristine was the first diver from Souderton HS to ever go on to compete at the state level. After graduating high school, Kristine coached the summer team as well as the winter team for Souderton while pursuing her passion in the beauty industry and attending Empire Beauty School. She is now a hair stylist in Lansdale. Kristine and her husband Shaun have a 14 year old son, Henry, and 2 daughters, Jada who is 11, and Audrey 8. Both girls are about to start their 3rd year diving for TOPS.